These Terms of Service (TOS) apply to residential customers who select Southern Federal Power, LLC (“Southern Federal”, “SoFed”) as their Retail Electric Provider (REP). These TOS, combined with Your Rights as a Customer (YRAC), and Electricity Facts Label (EFL), make-up your contract (this “Agreement”) with Southern Federal. As your REP, Southern Federal will arrange the delivery of electricity from your Transmission Distribution Utility (TDU) to the service address pursuant to this Contract. The words “Southern Federal”, “SoFed”, “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Southern Federal Power, LLC, and the words “you” and “your” refer to the Customer.
If you are switching your service to Southern Federal from another REP, you have the right to rescind this Agreement, without fees within three (3) federal business days of receiving your Terms of Service. You may rescind by providing verbal notice including your name, your Service Address(es), your phone number, and a statement expressing your intent to invoke your 3-day right of rescission to Southern Federal at: 1-(844)-644-0474.
The 3-day right of rescission period is not applicable to a customer requesting a move-in.
The price you pay Southern Federal for electricity is as provided in the EFL. The total average price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) includes the costs for electricity generation, monthly kWh usage, a monthly base charge, and costs of delivery of electricity to the service address, and is exclusive of state and local taxes and the state miscellaneous gross receipts tax reimbursement. See EFL for specific product pricing details.
The pricing is subject to change without notice only for one of the following reasons: (1) changes to TDU Delivery Charges or TDU surcharges; (2) changes to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) or Texas Regional Entity (TRE) administrative fees; (3) changes resulting from federal, state or local laws that impose new or modified fees or costs on a REP that are beyond the REP’s control; or (4) the rate class or type of service originally designated by ERCOT, us, or you is incorrect.
You may also be required to pay non-recurring fees and charges originated by your TDU including, but not limited to, fees and charges related to establishing, switching, disconnecting, reconnecting, or maintaining electric service or equipment. Tax-exempt customers must provide us with appropriate exemption certificates before assessment and collection of taxes can be waived.
Regardless of usage, you may be assessed a monthly base charge, as listed on your EFL, for each billing cycle, which is defined as a period bounded by a start date and stop date that the TDU uses to determine when a customer used electric service. A billing cycle may be less than 30 days but the monthly base charge will not be prorated. This monthly base charge will be listed as a separate line item on your bill. If more than one ESIID is included in your Agreement, you will be charged a separate monthly base charge for each included ESIID per billing cycle.
You will also be billed the Minimum Usage Charge (if applicable per your EFL) for any usage less than the threshold set forth on your EFL in any given billing cycle. A billing cycle may be less than 30 days but the Minimum Usage Charge (if one is shown on your EFL) will not be prorated if assessed.
All applicable government taxes and non-recurring TDU fees, such as, but not limited to, connection charges, move-in charges, meter installation charges and reconnection charges will also be listed separately on your bill. Please visit the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) website at: http://www.puc.state.tx.us/industry/electric/rates/TDR.aspx to view the rates for your TDSP.
Additional fees that may be assessed at the sole discretion of Southern Federal include: (1) when payment is submitted after listed due date on customer’s bill, a late payment fee of 5% of the total balance due; (2) when a Disconnection For Non-Payment (DNP) Letter is generated one (1) day after customer’s listed due date, a Disconnection Notice Fee of $12.83; (3) when a customer submits payment after disconnection date, a Disconnection Recovery fee of $27.95; (4) when a reconnection request is submitted for a customer who has been disconnected for non-payment, a Reconnect Recovery fee of $19.95; (5) when payments are returned by means of personal check and debit/credit cards, a Non-sufficient Funds fee of $30.00; (6) when a customer requests a Summary Bill, a Summary Bill fee of $2.75; (7) when a customer’s account requires collections, a Collections Recovery fee of $35.00 or; (8) any early contract termination fee or additional charges as outlined in the EFL; (9) customers on eBill specific products may be assessed a Payment Assist fee of $4.75 for each payment made outside the terms stated in the EFL.
If more than one meter identified by an ESIID is included as a part of your Agreement, you will be charged for all of the usage and additional charges or fees assessed at all of the included ESIIDs.
This Agreement will begin on the date you enter into this Agreement and continue, at a minimum, for the length of time stated in the EFL following your start date. If you are a new Customer, your Service and Rate start date will be your first meter read following your confirmed enrollment by your TDU; if you are a current Customer, your Service will continue and your Rate start date will be the earlier of (a) the date specified in this Agreement or (b) the day following the expiration of your existing Rate.
You authorize Southern Federal to review your credit-worthiness, including:
(a) requesting information from consumer credit reporting agencies, financial reporting agencies, credit assessment services, and any references you provide (b) reviewing your payment history with Southern Federal; and (c) requesting a payment reference letter from your previous REP.
If you do not meet our credit standards, we may, in accordance with PUCT requirements (e) require you to pay a deposit or provide a letter of credit or third party payment guarantee. For additional information please visit: (www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/electric/25.477/25.477.pdf)
Southern Federal reserves the right to determine a customer’s creditworthiness and may request a deposit prior to initiation of electric service, which must be paid as described below: www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/electric/25.478/25.478.pdf
If you are a new Customer, an initial deposit may be required prior to initiation of your Service. If you are an existing or returning Customer, you may be required to pay an initial deposit upon 10 days’ notice if: (a) your payment was late more than once during the previous 12 months or (b) your Service was disconnected for nonpayment during the previous 12 months.
A second deposit, in addition to the initial deposit, may be required from an existing or returning Customer upon 10 days’ notice if (a) your average invoice over the preceding 12 months is at least twice the amount of the original estimate of your average monthly usage or (b) your Service was disconnected for nonpayment during the previous 12 months.
Your total deposit requirement per Meter/ESIID will not exceed an amount equal to the greater of (a) one-fifth of your estimated annual usage, (b) if you are a residential Customer, the sum of your estimated invoices for the next 2 months.
INTEREST ON DEPOSITS
Deposits held more than 30 days will accrue interest from the date of receipt at the annual rate established by the PUCT. Accrued interest will be credited pursuant to the REFUND OF DEPOSIT section of this Agreement or you may request to have the interest credited to your account annually.
REFUND OF DEPOSIT
Your deposit is held by Southern Federal as credit assurance, while you are a current customer. Once you make twelve (12) on-time monthly bill payments, your deposit will be released to your account balance. If you terminate service with Southern Federal, your deposit will be applied against the final bill or unpaid balance. Any remaining portion of such deposit will be returned to you in 4-6 weeks from date of termination.
BILLING AND INVOICING
Southern Federal will provide you with a monthly invoice for service(s) provided. Each invoice will be based on usage and other information received from your TDU and/or ERCOT. If your usage information is not available for a billing period, we may send you an invoice based on estimated usage. Southern Federal reserves the right to include on your invoice any charges or credits necessary to correct any estimate, miscalculation, error, or omission. Your invoice is due by the due date listed on the invoice; however, you must pay all charges incurred on your account(s) even if you do not receive an invoice. To request a copy of your invoice, please contact us at: 1-(844)-644-0474. You will always be entitled to receive an invoice each month by standard U.S. Mail free of charge. However, if you request a bill summary or an additional copy of an invoice from Southern Federal, you may be assessed a $2.75 fee. If you would prefer to receive your invoices electronically, please visit our website or contact us.
PAYMENT ASSISTANCE AND ARRANGEMENTS
If you cannot pay your bill, contact Southern Federal immediately; you may qualify for a short-term payment arrangement or a deferred payment plan. Southern Federal offers short-term payment arrangements to qualified customers. If you qualify for a short-term payment arrangement, you may be allowed to pay your current bill after the due date of your current bill, but before the due date of your next bill. Southern Federal also offers deferred payment plans to qualified customers; these plans allow the customer to pay the current bill in installments beyond its due date.
If you qualify for a deferred payment plan, you may be able to either (i) pay 50% of the amount due at the time you enter into the deferred payment plan, and then pay the remainder of the amount due in equal installments over the next five (5) months; or (ii) if you are not currently delinquent in payment, enter into a level or average payment plan. A switch-hold could be placed on your account if you enter into a deferred payment plan. To qualify for a deferred payment plan, you must not have been disconnected in the last 12 months or have submitted more than two payments in the last 12 months that were found to have insufficient funds available. Customers without 3 months of payment history with Southern Federal will be subject to additional credit review prior to qualifying for a deferred payment plan.
Deferred payment plans are always available irrespective of qualifications, for customers whose bills become due during an extreme weather emergency as declared by your TDU or who were previously under-billed by $50.00 or more and need to make installment payments. In addition, the Southern Federal Payment Assist Program is available to customers who have severe financial hardships and temporarily may be unable to pay their bills. This program is funded in part by contributions from Southern Federal, our employees, and our customers. You may contribute to this program on your bill each month. If you are in need of bill payment assistance through the Southern Federal Payment Assist Program, please call 211 or contact your local health and human services department or the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
For more information on payment assistance, arrangements, and plans, and whether you may qualify, see the sections in your YRAC titled: DEFERRED PAYMENT PLAN/PAY ARRANGEMENT and FINANCIAL & ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR LOW INCOME DISCOUNTS, or contact us.
A switch-hold could be placed on your account if you enter into a deferred payment plan. In addition, a TDU may place a switch-hold on your account if there is evidence of meter tampering. A switch-hold means that you will not be able to buy electricity from other companies until you satisfy the terms of your deferred payment plan (for example, by paying the total deferred balance) or, in the event of meter tampering, or satisfy payment of the applicable charges and backbilling.
PROMPT PAYMENT ACT
If you are a governmental entity as defined in Tex. Gov’t Code, Chapter 225, billing and payments under this Agreement are subject to the Prompt Payment Act. You must notify us of your status as a governmental entity (www.puc.texas.gov)
TITLE & TAXES
Title to your electricity will pass from Southern Federal to you when your Service is received by the TDU. Each party will indemnify and hold harmless the other from all taxes, royalties, fees, or other charges incurred with respect to the Service to which it has title; you are responsible for any taxes, fees, or charges imposed simultaneously with the transfer of title. You are responsible for the payment of any taxes and government charges imposed upon your Service. If you are exempt from sales taxes or any other taxes and/or government charges, you must provide Southern Federal with the tax exempt certificates related to your Service so that your account can be updated accordingly.
If you dispute any balance, you must notify Southern Federal. The undisputed portion of your account balance must be paid when due; after giving notice of your dispute, you may withhold payment for the disputed portion only. You will refrain from taking any legal action with regard to the disputed amount until a final determination is made by Southern Federal, which shall be made within a reasonable time. If the dispute is determined to be in valid, all disputed amounts will become due immediately and late fees may be assessed to your account from the original due date. Southern Federal will comply with all PUCT billing rules, including the provisions of section §25.480 which require REPs to correct prior period billings (www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/ subrules/electric/25.480/25.480.pdf).
Any form of payment sent to Southern Federal for less than the full balance due which is marked “paid in full” or contains similar notation, or is tendered as full satisfaction of the balance, may be treated as (a) a partial payment on your account or (b) improper payment and refused by Southern Federal, in Southern Federal’s sole discretion. We reserve all rights concerning these payments.
EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL
We will notify you of all available renewal options no less than 30 calendar days before your Agreement end date. If you do not renew or terminate Service with Southern Federal prior to the end date of this Agreement, you will automatically continue to receive Service from Southern Federal under the default variable Rate product on a month to month basis until you execute a new agreement or terminate Service.
TERMINATION & DISCONNECTION OF SERVICE
Southern Federal may request that your TDU disconnect your Service for nonpayment of past-due amounts, including deposits, or pursuant to PUCT rules. In the event of disconnection for non-payment, Southern Federal will provide you with at least 10 days prior written notice (www.puc.state.tx.us/agency/rule-snlaws/subrules/electric/25.483/25.483.pdf). Service to a Meter will be deemed terminated if service to the Meter is disconnected for a period of 10 or more days, regardless of the reason for disconnection.
TERMINATION DURING RESCISSION PERIOD
If you are switching your Service to Southern Federal from another REP, you have the right to rescind this Agreement, without fees of any kind, within 3 federal business days of receiving your Terms of Service. You may rescind by providing verbal notice including your name, your Service Address(es), your phone number, and a statement expressing your intent to invoke your 3 day right of rescission to Southern Federal at 1-(844) 644-0474. An untimely notice of rescission from the applicant shall result in the applicant having the right to select another REP and may do so by contacting that REP. The applicant is deemed informed that they will be responsible for charges from the REP for service provided until the applicant switches to another REP. The right of rescission is not applicable to an applicant requesting a move-in.
TERMINATION AFTER RESCISSION PERIOD
If Service to any Meter is terminated, such Meter will be subject to an Early Termination Fee unless such termination is (a) due to a move to a new premise and you have provided sufficient evidence of your move; (b) pursuant to the MATERIAL CHANGE section, or (c) initiated within 30 days before your Agreement expiration date.
If you fail to pay the amounts due and Southern Federal incurs any costs related to our attempts to collect these amounts, then you agree to pay Southern Federal all reasonable fees and expenses that we incur in the collection process, which may include but are not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees and costs (including in-house legal fees), court costs, and any third party collection fees. Evidence of any costs claimed under this section will be provided upon request.
EARLY TERMINATION FEES
If you take any action that causes your Service with Southern Federal to terminate prior to the end date of your Agreement, you agree that Southern Federal’s damages resulting from this early termination of your Service would be difficult if not impossible to determine; therefore, you agree to pay Early Termination Fees as outlined on the EFL.
YOU AGREE THAT SOUTHERN FEDERAL DOES NOT GENERATE, TRANSMIT, OR DISTRIBUTE ELECTRICITY, AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SOUTHERN FEDERAL DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOUR SERVICE WILL BE CONTINUOUS OR UNINTERRUPTED. YOU AGREE THAT CAUSES AND EVENTS BEYOND SOUTHERN FEDERAL’S CONTROL, INCLUDING ACTS OF GOD, STRIKES, LOCKOUTS OR OTHER INDUSTRIAL DISTURBANCES, ACTS OF PUBLIC ENEMY, WARS, TERRORISM, BLOCKADES, INSURRECTIONS, RIOTS, EPIDEMICS, LANDSLIDES, LIGHTNING, EARTHQUAKES, FIRES, HURRICANES, STORMS, FLOODS, WASHOUTS, CIVIL DISTURBANCES, EXPLOSIONS, ACCIDENTS TO MACHINERY, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION LINES, AND ACTIONS OF ANY GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY WHICH RESULT IN CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS, RULES, OR REGULATIONS THAT MATERIALLY IMPAIR SOUTHERN FEDERAL’S ABILITY TO PERFORM HEREUNDER, AND WHICH COULD NOT HAVEBEEN PREVENTED BY SOUTHERN FEDERAL THROUGH ITS OWN DUE DILIGENCE; OR ANY SIMILAR CAUSEBEYOND THE CONTROL OF SOUTHERN FEDERAL (A “FORCE MAJEURE EVENT”), MAY RESULT IN INTERRUPTIONS OF SERVICE AND THAT SOUTHERN FEDERAL WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THOSE INTERRUPTIONS.UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE WILL SOUTHERN FEDERAL BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER THIRD PARTY FORANY LOSSES, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, LOST PROFITS OR OTHER BUSINESSINTERRUPTION DAMAGES, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM THE TDU’S SERVICE, STRUCTURALDAMAGE, A BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT, STATUTE, IN TORT, UNDER ANY INDEMNITY PROVISION, OROTHERWISE.
ACTUAL DAMAGES SHALL BE THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AND ALL OTHER REMEDIES OR DAMAGES AT LAW OR IN EQUITY ARE WAIVED. IN NO EVENT WILL SOUTHERN FEDERAL’S LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REPLACEMENT RATE FOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR RATE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT MULTIPLIED BY YOUR CONSUMPTION WHILE UNDER REPLACEMENT SERVICE. IF NO REMEDY OR MEASURE OF DAMAGES IS EXPRESSLY HEREIN PROVIDED, THE LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO DIRECT ACTUAL DAMAGES ONLY.
IT IS THE INTENT OF SOUTHERN FEDERAL AND YOU THAT THE LIMITATIONS HEREIN IMPOSED ON REMEDIES AND THE MEASURE OF DAMAGES BE WITHOUT REGARD TO THE CAUSE OR CAUSES RELATED THERE TO, INCLUDING THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANY PARTY, WHETHER SUCH NEGLIGENCE BE SOLE, JOINT OR CONCURRENT, OR ACTIVE OR PASSIVE. TO THE EXTENT ANY DAMAGES REQUIRED TO BE PAID HEREUNDER ARE LIQUIDATED, SOUTHERN FEDERAL AND YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE DAMAGES ARE DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO DETERMINE AND THE LIQUIDATED DAMAGES CONSTITUTE A REASONABLE APPROXIMATION OF THE HARM OR LOSS.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Southern Federal does not generate, transmit, or distribute electricity and therefore does not guarantee your Service will be continuous or uninterrupted. Accordingly, Southern Federal will not be liable to you or any other party for any losses, special, incidental, indirect, consequential or punitive damages arising from the TDU’s Service, structural damage, and/or a breach of this Agreement. In no event will Southern Federal’s liability in connection with this Agreement exceed the difference between the replacement rate for your Service and your rate under this Agreement multiplied by your consumption while under replacement Service.
ENTIRE AGREEMENT AND AMENDMENTS
This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding between the parties. No modification or amendment of this Agreement will be binding on either party unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of each party.
This Agreement shall extend to and be binding upon the respective successors and assigns of the parties; provided, however, you may not assign this Agreement without Southern Federal’s prior written consent and any purported assignment without such consent may be void in Southern Federal’s sole discretion; such consent shall not be unreasonably conditioned, withheld, or delayed. You hereby acknowledge and consent to Southern Federal’s assignment or subrogation of all Southern Federal’s rights and obligations of this Agreement. In the event any other provision of this Agreement shall be deemed to prohibit or otherwise restrict Southern Federal’s assignment or subrogation of this Agreement, this provision shall control.
A waiver of any right or obligation under this Agreement must be in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the party granting the waiver. Each waiver is a one-time waiver and will not operate as a continuing or future waiver of any other right or obligation representative of the party granting the waiver. Each waiver is a one-time waiver and will not operate as a continuing or future waiver of any other right or obligation.
Except as expressly set forth herein, Southern Federal makes, and you receive, no warranty, express, implied, or statutory. Southern Federal specifically disclaims any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose supplied, or statutory. Southern Federal specifically disclaims any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE
This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas without recourse to such state’s choice of law rules. Exclusive venue for resolution of any dispute is Harris County, Texas, and the parties consent to the personal jurisdiction of said courts. You waive any and all rights to assert a defense of inconvenient forum or lack of personal jurisdiction. This Agreement is subject to and conditioned upon all applicable local, state and federal laws, your TDU tariff on file with PUCT, PUCT rules and regulations (puc.state.tx.us/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/electric/Electric.aspx), and ERCOT protocols (www.ercot.com/mktrules/nprotocols/current). This Agreement includes any amendments made by PUCT, ERCOT, or your TDU from time to time. Southern Federal LLC is certified as a REP by PUCT under certificate number 10264.
If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable, then such provision will be stricken and the remainder of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.
JURY WAIVER & CLASS ACTION WAIVER
BOTH PARTIES HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO TRIAL BY JURY. NEITHER YOU NOR WE WILL SEEK OR SUPPORT AN ORDER CERTIFYING AN ACTION OR ARBITRATION INVOLVING YOU AND US AS A CLASS ACTION OR CLASS ARBITRATION OR JOIN OR PARTICIPATE AS A PARTY OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY ACTION OR ARBITRATION BY ANOTHER PARTY AGAINST EITHER YOU OR US.
Southern Federal does not discriminate based on a customer’s race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, lawful source of income, level of income, disability, familial status, location in an economically distressed geographic area, or qualification for low income or energy efficiency services. Southern Federal will not use credit or utility payment data as the basis for determining the price for Service on any residential contract with a term of 12 months or less.